August 12, 2007 Subject:
Laurel and Hardy
Every Thanksgiving I look foward to watching March of the Wooden Soldiers. I am forty-nine years old and have been watching it for forty years and I'm glad to say my son and nephews will pass the tradition in our family. A must for all children.
February 10, 2006 Subject:
Don't just send the kiddies!
Good Laurel and Hardy trailer for Babes in Toyland. Though the musical looks awfully stagebound, and you can totally tell that this was a musical that was developed around the Laurel and Hardy routines (eg, it looks like theyre not a part of any of the musical scenes at all). Has all the usual buffoonery (with Hardy saying OOMPH! as much as he can) and a an actor named Felix Knight who looks a LOT like Paul Mccartney. This is actually quite entertaining.
February 1, 2006 Subject:
Is The Trailer Appeared on WPIX-TV? No!
I've seen the trailer before and it was a rare find. I remember watching Laurel & Hardy in the original 1934 classic "Babes In Toyland". It was changed to "March Of The Wooden Soldiers". That film ran on WPIX-TV (channel 11) for years during the holiday season in along with the "Yule Log". It was colorized but it was originally in black & white. The film ends with a Laurel & Hardy short about the guys are on the ship that they saw a ghost. I forgot the name of it and it was also colorized too. It was also in black & white originally. I have the VHS tape of the entire movie but it doesn't have a trailer like the ones I've seen it now on the internet. Thanks to the DVD release. "March Of the Wooden Soldiers" will continue to run on WPIX-TV in New York City throughout the holiday season. By the way as I'm leaving this, there was a Disney version of the same name from 1961 featuring Annette Funicello and Tommy Sands. The 1961 version was okay, and so does the original 1934 classic.
February 9, 2005 Subject:
Laurel and Hardy in Movieland
Trailer for the 30s version of Babes in Toyland, starring Laurel & Hardy. This is quite fun to watch, as the graphic design is wonderful and some of the most visually striking moments are chosen to show, particularly the stop-motion animated wooden soldiers. A great relic from the 30s.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.